(PRESS RELEASE)_November 7, 2023 (Lake Worth Beach, Fla.) -- Sometimes, we just want to be enchanted, engaged and enthralled.
The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is providing just that with Whimsy & Wonder, an all-new exhibit highlighting artwork by some of The Palm Beaches’ extraordinary creative professionals.
Free and open to the public November 17 to January 13, the exhibition will highlight fascinating and delightful visual creations from 45 Palm Beach County artists. The show will take place in the Council’s Main Gallery at its downtown Lake Worth Beach headquarters; exhibition hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. (not including holidays).
Florida’s flamingos will be represented in all their glory along with a wide array of quirky and beautiful visual creations. With specific installations that will evolve throughout the show’s run, visitors are encouraged to return again and again. Artist Dave Blair will operate the device he calls the God Machine on select Saturdays. This self-created machine uses high-definition analog video feedback fractals to create spirals within spirals, loops within loops, galaxies, cell structures, strands of DNA, trees, insects, tentacled primordial creatures, and classic fractal images.
“I wanted to bring laughter, joy, and enthusiasm to the start of our new season by showcasing the diverse media and high-quality work of the many artists who call Palm Beach County home,” said Jessica Ransom, the Cultural Council’s director of artist services who curated the exhibition.
Whimsy & Wonder will feature an exhilarating variety of art, including a site-specific sculptural creation by West Palm Beach-based artist Hayley Sheldon and several thickly painted and luscious food images by artist Sarah LaPierre, also of West Palm Beach. Also not to be missed is artwork created by a resident flamingo at the Palm Beach Zoo.
The Palm Beach County artists featured in the exhibition are Ilene Adams, Zoe Alexa, Alexandra Aliscio, Emilio Apontesierra, Carol Bastien, Deborah Bigeleisen, Dave Blair, Gin Blische, Anthony Burks, Lisette Cedeno, Janet Chalif, Allan Creary, Judy Eisinger, Nazare Feliciano, Carol Moon Frazier, Caitlin Frown, Carla Golembe, Amy Gross, Nickie Hennevelt, Andrew Hollimon, Ashnide Jean-Baptiste, Helga Jensen-Ruopp, Amanda Johnson, Dale Koppel, Nancy Kumpulainen, Erica Kyle, Sarah LaPierre, Craig McInnis, Kasha McKee, Roberta Millman-Ide, Ellen Negley, Katagyna Niewiadomska, Rosemary Otto, Quimetta Perle, Dan Remmel, Betsy Rossin, Jessica Rowlands, Faith Schwack, Ted Shaine, Hayley Sheldon, Weatherly Stroh, Amauri Torezan, Haydee Ullfig, Karla Walter and Lisa Zacks.
“Our mission is to nurture, promote, and support a healthy, diverse, and inclusive culture sector,” said Dave Lawrence, the Cultural Council’s president and CEO. “This exhibition affords all of us an opportunity to smile and maybe even laugh. It is a joyful exhibition, and we could use a bit of whimsy and wonder in our lives. We’ve found 45 Palm Beach County artists who are sharing a bit of that with us through this engaging and vibrant exhibition. I’m grateful to each of the artists and our talented and visionary curator and Director of Artist Services, Jessica Ransom, for bringing this exhibition to life.”
The council will host an opening reception on Thursday, November 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Artists from the exhibition will be present to answer questions and discuss their work. Reception is free for members; $20 for non-members. Visit palmbeachculture.com/whimsy for more information or to register for the opening reception.
Whimsy & Wonder is sponsored by Ellen Liman, Publix Super Market Charities, Florida Weekly, The ArtsPaper (The Coastal Star), and Flamingo magazine, and Palm Beach Zoo is the exhibition’s community partner.
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